Foundation And Cornerstone

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Foundation And Cornerstone

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”–1st Corinthians 3:10-11

What is the foundation of your life? Is it money, power, vice, or deceit? Perhaps it is peace, goodwill, charity, or character. Regardless of what it is, if it something you have striven to create, it will not stand. You may think to yourself, “If I live my life being charitable to everyone, then, surely, my hope is secured”.  That is not true. If that is your sole foundation, then you are no better than the miser who collects all he can gather. Nothing we can make, build, or do can lay a firm enough foundation to build our lives on, nor carve a cornerstone flawless enough to support us. Only one foundation—one cornerstone—is that firm, that flawless…Jesus Christ.

In two days, Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of our savior. Although it is a joyous time, a verse comes to me that I have never considered, nor truly understood, until now. It is in Ecclesiastes 7:1. “A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one’s birth”. Some have said that if it weren’t for our sins, Jesus’ death would have been unnecessary. The truth is, if it wasn’t for our sins, Jesus wouldn’t have had to be born. Revelation 13:8 refers to Him as “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”. It took His birth to fulfill the prophecy of His death.

The birth of Jesus was far from a time of joy. From the moment He was born, His life and—by association—the lives of Mary and Joseph were in danger. King Herod knew of the prophecy of the coming of the “King of the Jews” and feared for his position. When the wise men came from the east following the star, Herod sought to trick them. He told them to let him know when they found the Child so he might come and worship as well. His true intentions were to kill the newborn king. When the wise men did not return to him, his anger was unfathomable. He ordered every male child two years and younger in and around Bethlehem killed.

By our definition, these children were too young to have done anything to deserve their fate; they were innocent. By heavenly standards, they had yet to reach the age of accountability. Again, they were innocent. Although their innocence isn’t as flawless as the innocence of Christ, they were innocents killed by an angry king. The foundation Paul tells us to take heed on how we build on it is a foundation of innocence…Jesus’ innocence.

When we ask Jesus to become our savior and forgive our sins, we are asking Him to become our foundation. We then have the opportunity to build a “new man”. Everything we do for God anchors the new us to the innocence of Christ. It is when we forget Paul’s warning that we get in trouble. When we start trying to incorporate sin into this innocence, it is like trying to anchor rotten lumber to a home’s infrastructure. No matter how nice it (or we) may look on the outside, it isn’t going to take a lot to tear us apart and reveal what’s inside.

The great thing about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is that while we are building, we can examine. And we can make a change. Pray that God will reveal the rotten lumber now so we can remove and replace it. Ask Him to show us the cracks that will allow doubt and fear to creep in so we might cover them with grace and mercy. Make Christ your cornerstone and let Him be your strength and your support in all you do.

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